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Double Your Impact: A Letter from Rick Archbold
This coming year, Studio 180 Theatre celebrates its 15th Anniversary and you can help us return to a two-show season by donating to our DOUBLE UP fundraising campaign.
Our DOUBLE UP campaign aims to raise $6,000 by June 30, 2017 and as an added incentive, long-time supporter and past board chair, Rick Archbold, has offered to DOUBLE UP on your donation. He’ll match your donation made before June 30 up to $2,500! Read on to learn more about Rick, and why your support is important.
My name is Rick Archbold.
I met Joel at a pre-wedding dinner of a mutual friend in 2003 and spent the entire evening talking to him about an upcoming project he was directing called The Laramie Project. My partner and I took a group of people to see the show and we were profoundly moved and impressed by the quality of the work.
From that moment, I was hooked.
After the success of The Laramie Project, Studio 180 Theatre decided to constitute itself as a non-profit, charitable corporation and so, Joel needed to recruit a board. He approached me, I think, because he knew I’d served on other boards. Then he asked me to be chair! Yikes!
I served on Studio 180’s board proudly for nine years, and took great pride in playing my part in helping the company grow and take on challenging plays again and again. Studio 180 produced (and continues to bring) important plays that deal with important social issues to Toronto. They mount stellar productions of plays like Our Class – a play that actually grappled with the Holocaust in a new and meaningful way.
I’ve stepped away from the board after serving my full term but I remain an engaged patron and loyal donor. I keep coming back because Studio 180 stimulates me intellectually while moving me deeply. I believe strongly in the company’s mandate to produce socially relevant theatre – theatre that does more than merely entertain. And I’m proud of the plays we’ve produced that likely would not have seen a Toronto production otherwise.
You leave a Studio 180 show changed in some way by what you’ve experienced.
This coming season is Studio 180 Theatre’s 15th Anniversary Season and we are returning to a two-play season, which you’ll learn more about in the coming weeks. My hope is that the company continues to thrive and is able to maintain a two-play season, which I think is essential to its long-term viability. Individuals like you and me can play a vital role in helping to make that happen.
Studio 180 Theatre’s DOUBLE UP fundraising campaign aims to raise $6,000 by June 30.
I invite you to join me in becoming a donor.
As an added incentive, I will match any donation you make up to $2,500, doubling the impact of your gift.
When you donate to Studio 180, you’re helping to bring important conversations about challenging societal issues to the fore and you enable Studio 180 Theatre to directly impact thousands of students, teachers, artists and patrons across the Greater Toronto Area.
I hope you’ll join me. Thank you for your time and consideration.